Chandigarh, December 23
Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab unit on Friday asserted that the imposition of hefty fines on traffic violators in the state would promote corruption among the traffic deployed on the roads to check violations.
“Hike in the fines won’t help stop traffic violations on the roads…The traffic police is not equipped with the adequate infrastructure,” said AAP MLAs and the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Harpal Singh Cheema and Deputy Leader of Opposition Sarabjeet Kaur Manuke, in a joint statement.
Quoting information obtained RTI, Cheema said that in 1966, there were 4,000 vehicles in the state, and the traffic police personnel were a meagerly 1,200 heads. “The number of vehicles has crossed one crore mark while the number of employees has trundled at a snail pace touching the 1,535 figure,” he said.
“The RTI input further confirmed that in Moga district only, there were 29 traffic police personnel, while the situation in other districts was no better. Interestingly, more than 15,000 police personnel had been deployed with politicians and top-ranking officers of the state,” he added.
Cheema said that a sizeable chunk of traffic police deployed on the roads was corrupt from top to bottom and lacked basic infrastructure. Until or unless the general awareness on adhering to the traffic norms was not taken from the school level to the top, along with observance of zero political interference in traffic police functioning, traffic violations would not stop even if the fine was raised ten times, he added.
Munuke posed a query as to who should be held responsible for the deaths that took place due to road mishaps due to stray cattle and dogs and weather-beaten roads.